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Please pray for the peaceful repose of Tommy Hales, Carrigroe, Enniskeane, who has died.
Lying in repose at Gabriel and O'Donovan's Funeral Home, Bandon on Thursday from 5pm followed by Removal at 7pm to Church of the Assumption, Ahiohill.
Requiem Mass on Friday at 1.30pm, funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.
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Please pray for the peaceful repose of Nancy Crowley, Ballyvoige, Enniskeane, who has died.
Lying in repose at Gabriel and O'Donovan's Funeral Home, Bandon. Rosary on Thursday eve at 9pm. Lying in repose on Friday from 5pm followed by Removal at 7pm to St. Patrick's Church, Bandon. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.
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This morning's Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Castletown Kinneigh, was a special and historic one. Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Vicar General of the Diocese, was the principal concelebrant at Mass to commemorate the men who died at the time of the Kilmichael Ambush and are buried in Castletown.
At the beginning of Mass we also blessed the Advent Wreath to mark the beginning of Advent and a new year in the Christian calendar.
Another new beginning was the blessing of the newly installed altar by Monsignor O'Callaghan and the celebration of the first Mass with this altar at Castletown.
The altar was originally built in the 1840s for the chapel of St. Vincent's Convent, St. Mary's Road, Cork (which closed last year). The centrepiece of the altar is a carving in marble of Our Lady beside Our Lord in his tomb. It was carved by John Hogan, born in Tallow, Co Waterford, in 1800. The altar has been donated by the Irish Sisters of Charity to whom we are very grateful. We are also especially grateful to Alan HIckey and his staff at Hickey Headstones, Ovens, who carefully re-erected the altar at our church. ... See MoreSee Less
John MurrayIt is entirely appropriate that the altar (so splendid) is backdrop to the differing generations. Well done to all.!!!4 days ago · 1
Bill ChambersWow just to think my mum and dad went to mass there 100 years ago! Beautiful !4 days ago · 1
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In discussions in recent years about St. Joseph’s Church, Castletown Kinneigh, we were unable to say precisely when was it dedicated. Browsing the Fehily Chalice story and local lore in recent years I had surmised that it was sometime in the 1860s or 70s.
I was in the church today when the team from Hickeys Headstones, Ovens, took apart the altar that was constructed in 1991. And to confirm that date, inside the structure we found bundles of a newspaper which was used to hold the plaster of Paris while it dried to bond the bits of marble!
As you can see, it dates from Jan 7, 1991.
I don’t think the workmen expected the altar to be taken apart again! Inside the cavity in the altar we also left this:
But, thankfully, they also left something precious.
Leaning against the block work which they built in the centre — and around which they then built the altar with marble slabs –– and down on the ground, I found the original altar stone for the church.
Canon Law stipulates that a permanent altar in a church must have a first class relic of a saint embedded in it. (This continues the link between the Universal Church and the local church building.) These relics were, in the past, almost always brought from Rome for a new altar. The small relic is then embedded and sealed in a stone – or a slab of marble – which was then placed into the altar.
When they disassembled the Castletown Altar in 1991, they put the altar stone into the new altar. A blessing.
The stone itself is a blessing — but maybe as important is that it confirms when the church was dedicated.
The inscription on it reads:
R(ight) Rev(erend) W(illiam) Delany
Bishop of Cork
A. D. 1859
So there we have it — written in stone!
The church and altar were dedicated 157 years ago. Thanks be to God.
— Fr. Tom Hayes PP
Parochial House, Enniskeane, Co Cork